Committed to realizing the principle of a circular economy, PT Chandra Asri Petrochemical Tbk together with Sinar Mas Land held plastic asphalt in the West area of BSD City on 24 August 2021. Plastic asphalt with a total paving area of 15,518 m2 has utilized 5.37 tons of plastic waste or equivalent to 3 .58 million pieces of plastic bags as a mixture of asphalt.
Asphalt model with a mixed of plastic waste is a program of the Government of Indonesia through the Ministry of Public Works and Public Housing (PUPR). The type of plastic waste used is plastic waste commonly used as daily shopping bags from HDPE (High Density Polyethylene) type. This asphalt with a mixture of plastic waste has referred to a study conducted by the Ministry of Public Works and Public Housing and has an increase in road durability of up to 40 percent.
Sinar Mas Land and Chandra Asri also collaborated with the Indonesian Plastic Recycling Association (ADUPI) in providing recycled plastic waste materials used in this program. The model used contains plastic (chopped plastic bags/HDPE) to produce an asphalt mixture that is resistant to deformation (changes in shape due to temperature) and is better at fatigue resistance.
On 22 April 2021, PT Chandra Asri Petrochemical Tbk won three awards at the Top CSR Awards 2021 organized by Top Business. Chandra Asri receives an award in the category “Top CSR Awards 2021 ‘4-Stars’”, “Top Leader on CSR Commitment 2021” attained by President Director Chandra Asri Erwin Ciputra and Innovation of Plastic Waste Technology.
Under the theme of "The Strategic Role of CSR in National Economic Recovery in the New Normal Era", there are three main criteria for assessment in the Top CSR Awards. First, the level of corporate CSR adoption of ISO 26000 Social Responsibility. Second, the alignment of the CSR program with the company's business strategy. The last is the principles of GCG that underlie the implementation of the company's CSR programs. By achieving these awards, Chandra Asri is considered successful in running an effective, quality and sustainable CSR program.
As a commitment to implementing the circular economy principle, on 8 April 2021, PT Chandra Asri Petrochemical Tbk collaborated with PT Djarum in deploying asphalt with a mixture of plastic waste in the Djarum factory area in Kudus, Central Java. This plastic asphalt project is the Government of Indonesia’s program through the Ministry of Public Works and Housing which has been promoted in recent years.
The total paving area is 39,000 m2 and utilizes a mixture of 7.1 million pieces of plastic waste. The plastic waste used is plastic shopping bags made from HDPE (High Density Polyethylene), a type commonly used for plastic shopping bags. Djarum and Chandra Asri were also working with the Indonesian Plastic Recycling Association (ADUPI) for the supply of plastic waste used in this project.
To support Jakarta Recycle Center (JRC) program to reduce the high pile of organic waste, PT Chandra Asri Petrochemical Tbk handed over several supporting equipment to improve the effectiveness of organic waste management which are 1 unit of shredder machine with a capacity of 300 kg/hour, 2 units of 660 L volume dust bin and 4 units tray. The donation is held on 4 March 2021.
This contribution indirectly took part in preventing the addition of organic waste piles at the TPA Bantargebang. By 2020, JRC managed to prevent an additional 126,830 kg of new organic waste and an emission reduction of 74,278 kg of CO2e. Currently, the national waste pile has reached 67.8 million tons in 2020.
On 15 October 2020, PT Chandra Asri Petrochemical Tbk signed a collaboration with DKI Jakarta Environmental Agency for Jakarta Recycle Center (JRC) program. The virtual signing of this collaboration includes the provision of 36,000 pieces of 100% recycled plastic garbage bags to support the waste sorting program belonging to DKI Jakarta Environmental Agency.
The design of this segregated waste plastic bag adopts a design from the City of Osaki, Japan, by adjustments from the DKI Jakarta Environmental Agency, research results from students of Tokyo Institute of Technology, and technical assistance from Indonesian Plastic Recycler (IPR). The provision of plastic garbage bags that can be reused and recycled is a form of Chandra Asri's efforts as a producer who is responsible for building good habits in the community. This recycled trash bag is expected to help DKI Jakarta reduce the amount of waste in Bantargebang landfill.
Committed to implementing a circular economy, on 28 August 2020, PT Chandra Asri Petrochemical Tbk, in collaboration with the University of Indonesia (UI), implemented plastic asphalt on 241m2 of roads at the UI. This activity is a form of Chandra Asri's contribution to the problem of low-value waste in Indonesia. This plastic asphalt used 75kg of Polypropylene in the form of instant noodle packs from the industry as an asphalt mixture.
The collaboration between UI and Chandra Asri has been going on since 2018 in the development and lab tests. In 2020, a field test of the application of plastic asphalt will be carried out which can improve the quality of road stability by up to 40% under the results of tests conducted by the research team from UI, Chandra Asri, and also involving the Wasco Construction Company. As a result, the road quality will be stronger, more durable, and potentially saving the maintenance costs.
Committed to implementing a circular economy, on April 16, 2020, PT Chandra Asri Petrochemical Tbk held a 350 meters long plastic asphalt in its B1/MTBE project area. In collaboration with Ikatan Pemulung Indonesia, the implementation has utilized 480 thousand pieces of plastic shopping bag waste. This plastic asphalt has succeeded in reducing 3.6 tons of waste piles at the landfill.
It is the third implementation of plastic asphalt carried out by Chandra Asri in its plant area. This project has utilized 2.6 million pieces of plastic shopping bag waste, as well as managing plastic waste up to 20.4 tons to reduce the pile of garbage in the landfill. Until now, Chandra Asri has implemented 22.6 km of plastic asphalt in various cities as a way to increase the added value of plastic waste.
On February 24, 2020, PT Chandra Asri Petrochemical Tbk together with the Agency for the Assessment and Application of Technology (BPPT) signed a collaboration to develop innovations in the field of polymer material technology. The signing of the Memorandum of Understanding was represented by Suryandi as the Director of Chandra Asri and Hammam Riza as the Head of BPPT.
This collaboration has two main pillars namely the development of the latest technology and products and the development of initiatives within the framework of a circular economic sustainable program. As a first step, it starts with research on processing multilayer plastic waste to be an added value product, because there are still few options to process this type of waste.
On February 20, 2020, PT Chandra Asri Petrochemical Tbk participated in the SD Symposium 2020 event organized by the Siam Cement Group (SCG). Located at The Ritz-Carlton Mega Kuningan, Jakarta, the event theme of Circular Economy: Collaboration for Action aims to strengthen SCG's collaboration with its stakeholders in implementing the concept of circular economy in Indonesia.
Through this forum, Chandra Asri contributed to the introduction of plastic asphalt projects that have been implemented in many regions in Indonesia. In the future, it is expected that the collaboration between Chandra Asri and SCG to implement a circular economy will remain.
From 17 February to 20 February 2020, Chandra Asri supported the first plastic asphalt in Semarang City. Collaborating with Dian Nuswantoro University (Udinus) and Semarang City Government, the implementation was held on Yudistira Street to Arjuna Raya Street, Pendrikan Kidul, Central Semarang which is a road in the campus area.
This collaboration is a form of the application of the concept of circular economy in Indonesia in the processing of plastic waste in Indonesia, so that single-use plastic waste can be reused into high-value products and does not end up at the Final Disposal Site (TPA). To maximize this waste management, waste segregation is needed from the beginning so that the material value of each waste can be maintained.